Nokia’s budget smartphone portfolio continues to grow. The company has just announced the Nokia C31 alongside a new tablet and a couple of audio accessories during the ongoing IFA 2022. And we can confirm that this phone is launching soon in Nepal as well. So in this post, let’s take a look at the official specs and features, along with the expected price in Nepal and the availability of the new Nokia C31.
Nokia C31 Overview:
Design & Display
Like basically every other budget phone from Nokia, the C31 comes with a familiar polycarbonate (plastic) build quality. Besides, this is also quite a tall and bulky phone, coming in at 8.6mm wide and 200 grams. But unlike its predecessor, the Nokia C30, it is also IP52-certified against dust and water drips.
Up front, you’re looking at a tall 6.75″ LCD screen with fat bezels on all four sides—especially the chin. At least there isn’t an unnecessary “Nokia” branding on the bottom this time. Nokia also says it has used a 2.5D toughened glass on the display, but not which one exactly. And unfortunately, it still has an HD resolution.
So even though the company has slightly reduced the display size here, things are bound to look pixelated on Nokia C31’s massive screen. The phone is available in three colorways: Charcoal, Cyan, and Mint.
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Sadly, Nokia hasn’t given any performance upgrade this time either. The phone’s product page doesn’t specify exactly which chip is used here, but we know it has an octa-core CPU architecture with four Cortex-A55 and four Cortex-A53 cores, clocked at 1.6GHz and 1.2GHz, respectively.
This is pretty similar to the 28nm Unisoc SC9863A chip that we saw on the C30. But that one has two clusters of four Cortex-A55 cores with the same clock speeds as this one. The only thing worth considering as an upgrade here is the fact that the Nokia C31 can be configured with 3 or 4GB of RAM.
Instead of just 2GB on the entry-level Nokia C30. Having said that, Nokia has also decided to go with the full-fledged Android 12 operating system on the C31. Rather than the lighter, Go Edition of Android on its precursor.
Interestingly, the Nokia C31 will receive 2 years of quarterly security updates—although there’s no word on OS upgrades yet. As for storage options, the phone is available with either 32, 64, or 128GB of internal memory. And it can accept up to 256GB of micro SD card via a dedicated space in the SIM tray.
For the most part, the camera department doesn’t see much of an upgrade either. Though Nokia has gone with a squarish camera module instead of the circular one on its predecessor. And it consists of the same 13MP main and 2MP depth sensor—alongside an additional 2MP macro shooter.
The 5MP selfie camera inside the teardrop notch remains untouched. Nokia C31 uses Google’s Camera app, which includes features like Portrait mode, HDR, Night mode, and more. And it also comes loaded with the GoPro Quik app, which is a simple photo and video editing tool that I’m sure is going to run great on this budget phone.
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Rest of the features
Powering the Nokia C31 is a big 5050mAh battery, which the company says should last up to 3 days on a full charge. To compare, the Nokia C30 had a much bigger 6000mAh battery, and that one promised a 3-day battery life as well. Anyway, the charging situation hasn’t gotten any better here. It still maxes out at 10W (5V/2A) of power—that too via a micro USB port. Oof.
For security, the Nokia C31 brings a fingerprint sensor at the back. It also supports face unlock, which reportedly works even when you’re wearing a mask, but I am a little skeptical about its security. There’s a single speaker at the back and a 3.5mm headphone jack for wired audio output. And it lets you stream FM radio wired or wirelessly.
Nokia C31 Specifications:
- Design & Build: 8.55mm thick, 200gm, IP52 dust/water drip resistant
- Display: 6.75-inches LCD, 60Hz refresh rate, 2.5D toughened glass
- Resolution: HD+ (1600 x 720 pixels), 260 PPI, 20:9 aspect ratio
- Chipset: Unspecified
- CPU: Octa-core:
– 4x Cortex-A55 (1.60 GHz)– 4x Cortex-A53 (1.20 GHz)
- Memory: 3/4GB RAM, 32/64/128GB storage (expandable up to 256GB)
- Software & UI: Android 12 (with 2 years of security updates)
- Rear Camera: Triple (with LED flash);
– 13MP primary sensor, Autofocus (AF)
– 2MP depth sensor, fixed focus
– 2MP macro lens, fixed focus
- Front Camera: 5MP sensor (teardrop notch)
- Audio: Mono speaker (back), 3.5mm headphone jack, Wired/wireless FM radio
- Security: Physical fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted), Face unlock
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Proximity
- Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 4 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS / AGPS / Galileo, micro USB (USB 2.0), 4G LTE
- Battery: 5050mAh with 10W charging (10W power adapter provided)
- Color Options: Charcoal, Cyan, Mint
Nokia C31 Price in Nepal & Availability
The Nokia C31 starts at EUR 129 for the entry-level 3/32GB variant in the European market. As such, we expect the price of the Nokia C31 in Nepal to start at NPR 17,499 when it launches here shortly.
|Nokia C31||Global Price||Price in Nepal (Expected)|
|3/32GB||EUR 129||NPR 17,499|
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